Campaign Coverage 2020

Gym that defied closure order has business license revoked



BELLMAWR, N.J. (AP) — Officials in a southern New Jersey town have voted to rescind the business license of a gym that has repeatedly defied Gov. Phil Murphy’s executive order to remain closed during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Bellmawr Borough Council voted 5-to-1 on Tuesday night to act against the Atilis Gym. The gym's co-owners have vowed to continue their fight to stay in business. They have received several citations for violating the closure order and were arrested late last month on contempt and other charges. The gym opened its doors in May, starting a legal battle over whether Murphy’s order for non-essential businesses to remain closed was constitutional. 

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